Broncos hire Jack Del Rio as defensive coordinator
The Denver Broncos announced Friday night they had agreed to terms with Del Rio to become the club’s new defensive coordinator. Del Rio was Fox’s first defensive coordinator in Carolina in 2002 before leaving after one year to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars, who fired him in November.
Del Rio replaces Dennis Allen, who left after one year in Denver to coach the Oakland Raiders.
Del Rio is the Broncos’ seventh defensive coordinator in seven seasons. Other men who have filled the Mile High musical chair in the last six seasons are Larry Coyer (2006), Jim Bates (2007), Bob Slowik (2008), Mike Nolan (2009) and Don Martindale (2010). Allen was the only one who left for a head coaching job.
“We are thrilled to be able to add such a well-respected defensive coach to our staff,” Fox said in a statement issued through the team’s Twitter account.
Del Rio's hiring didn't come as a shock, although many thought they would promote from within.
More on this development to come, but Del Rio's work as the defensive coordinator for Carolina in 2002, in which the Panthers ranked #2 in total defense, got him this gig.
Just keep chopping wood, Denver.
Love Me, Hate Me, Just Don't Ignore Me
Owens may have made a lot of money in his career—at least $80 million—but he insists almost all of it is gone.
He let other people take care of things. He says his financial advisers (informally recommended by Rosenhaus) put him in a series of risky, highly leveraged ventures that he didn’t discover until autumn 2010, when he finally demanded a full accounting. And of course there were the houses and condos, which he had always figured he could rent out; they became dead weight when the real estate market collapsed in 2008. Individually they weren’t terribly lavish, but together the mortgage nut is reportedly almost $750,000 a year. The Atlanta house is on the market; the south Jersey place he paid $3.9 million for was sold for $1.7 million in late 2010. Most egregious of all was the ill-fated Alabama entertainment complex (with an electronic-bingo component) that cost him $2 million. He invested, he says, at the suggestion of his advisers and a lawyer they steered him to, Pamela Linden. The venture turned out to be illegal in the state, not to mention a violation of the NFL’s policy prohibiting players from investing in gambling. Owens is suing Linden, as is Clinton Portis, the former Redskins running back who also invested.
Stop me if you've heard it before:
It's easy to make fun of Owens here. Stupid is as stupid does. And if it mattered, I would drop in a spreadsheet right now showing the future value of $80 million (or even his base salary for one year) if left in an almost risk-free asset like TIPS (Treasury-Inflation Protected Securities) over a time horizon, like, say, the rest of Owens' working life (age 60). But we all know it wouldn't matter.
The NFL is bigger than any one player. Owens is finding this out. The lights have dimmed, no one is watching, and soon, sooner than he realizes, the advisers, agents, magazines like GQ, and so-called friends won't care either. Sad? Yeah? Suprising? No, not really.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that Morris turned down a chance to become the Vikings’ defensive coordinator because he already had verbally accepted the Redskins’ defensive backs coach gig. Morris didn’t want to renege on his agreement with Washington, so he turned down Minnesota.
“A lot of people might think it’s a missed opportunity not going to Minnesota after they offered, but I believe that in this game, all you have is your word and your tape, and I gave these guys my word, and I wanted to come here and help them this year, and I was going to do it,” Morris said.
Morris must know that hell hath no fury like a scorned Shanny, as Al David could have attested.
Alleged victim sues Rolando McClain
An Alabama man who was allegedly assaulted by Rolando McClain and another man has sued the Oakland Raiders linebacker alleging “brutal and prolonged assault and battery.”
The suit says Tapscott suffered broken bones, bruises and lacerations. It alleges that McClain “smiled and laughed as he pointed a gun at Mr. Tapscott and Mr. Tapscott begged him not to kill him.”
Can't resist another opportunity to post McClain's epic arrest photo.
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Happy Friday, Broncos fans! There's apparently quite the rift between Peyton Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay, who is rather unhappy about Manning's comments to the Indy Star regarding the sudden and vast changes within the organization earlier in the week. Manning had said,
It's not a real good environment down there right now, to say the least. Everybody's walking around on eggshells. I don't recognize our building right now. There's such complete and total change...I mean, it's 20 degrees, it's snowing, the building is absolutely empty except when you see coaches cleaning out their offices...It's unfortunate because so many of them have been such a big part of so many big wins here, and this is so ... sudden. Their keys didn't work the next day. There's no other way to do it?
Irsay's response yesterday:
He’s a politician...I don’t think it’s in a good interest to paint the horseshoe in a negative light, I really don’t. He’s such a big part of that and everything else, but the horseshoe always comes first....I think one thing that he’s always known, because he’s been around it so long, is you keep it in the family.
Sounds like it's the end of the Manning Era in Indy, as Phillip Wilson is ready to accept; Bob Kravitz thinks the two men should bury the hatchet before moving on; Dan Wetzel says this all started with Rob Lowe's tweet.
2012 Senior Bowl Blog
I asked Washington Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan what qualities he looks for in a quarterback and this was his answer:
“I’m asked that all the time and it is really hard to pinpoint it. Cause there is so many things you look for. A guy’s gotta be competitive, very competitive. A guy’s gotta be bright, extremely bright. You’d like a guy that is an athlete that can make plays on his own sometimes. Usually if he doesn’t have that athletic ability he’s got to be a little bit taller because he can see and be able to dump the ball off instead of using his feet. But at the end of the day there is so many things you look for and it’s always hard to find the prototype guy and a lot of times you have to adjust your offense to the type of quarterback you do have.”
Denver found itself on the receiving end of a lot of awards this season: from all-rookie teams to the Pro Bowl, it’s something that the team hasn’t found itself getting a lot of over the past few years. Chris Harris and Von Miller made the Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team; Orlando Franklin joined them on Mike Tanier's squad. Franklin was also only the second rookie in Broncos history to start at RT over the season and led the team in rushes through his slot for the season. Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil, Champ Bailey, Ryan Clady, Willis McGahee and Brian Dawkins all made the Pro Bowl.
Tim Tebow, Matt Prater and Britton Colquitt were all named as alternates. Those three won't play, and Dawkins may not either, due to his neck injury, but each deserves congratulations for the recognition that they’re getting. This is a very different Denver squad from last year, even if many of the names are the same.
Both offensive players who are in, Clady and McGahee, also got in due to injuries to Jake Long and Arian Foster, respectively. Let’s look at each:
‘Tim Tebow homeschool law’ gains momentum in Virginia
There are three bills in the Virginia legislature that are modeled after a Florida law informally known as the “Tim Tebow law,” which was passed in 1996 and gave the homeschooled Tebow a chance to play for local private and public schools on his way to an NFL career. Similar legislation has failed in Virginia in previous years. But now Republicans control the governorship and the General Assembly; the recent change in control in the Senate makes it more likely that some form of this law could pass in the state. McDonnell said earlier this month that he would support it. He expressed the view of those who support it by saying on a radio show: “Home-school parents pay taxes like everybody else. It’s just fair.”
But opponents don’t see it that way…The Virginia Association of School Superintendents is opposed, as is the Virginia Education Association, which represents more than 60,000 public school teachers. Another foe is the chairman of the House Education Committee, a Republican from Virginia Beach named Robert Tata, who was a successful high school coach and a University of Virginia athlete who played briefly for the NFL’s Detroit Lions, the Associated Press reported. Tata opposes allowing homeschooled students to play on local sports teams in part because he worries that coaches will game the system by recruiting top players. Other opponents say that allowing homeschoolers to play for local teams would devastate eligibility and participation requirements and would be unfair to full-time students and teachers.
Homeschooling and sports is one of those gray and nuanced areas in which, depending on your standing, you can make a case either way. So, have at it.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The self-appointed Grand Poobah of Denver sports has proclaimed: